Why Should You Care About Angiogenesis? Ask Dr. Li

Definition of Angiogenesis: It is the formation of new blood vessels.

Normal angiogenesis occurs during fetal development to create the baby’s circulatory system, and in the uterus during the menstrual cycle, as well as occurs around a wound or cut to help with healing.

Tumor angiogenesis is the formation of new blood vessels that grow into the tumor, giving it nutrients and oxygen to assist its growth.

Tumor growth stops if tumor angiogenesis can be stopped, thus starving the cancer of nutrients and oxygen. If tumor angiogenesis proceeds, the tumor grows and may shed cells that will cause metastasis.

Dr. William Li

Dr William Li is President of the Angiogenesis Foundation.  In 2010 he gave a TED talk that provides an overview of the accomplishments and future of anti-angiogenic research against cancer.

This is a MUST watch for everyone, since you should take measures now, while you’re healthy, to decrease your risk of developing an inflammatory disease, like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and others.

Dr. William Li: Anti-Angiogenesis and Cancer

~ Be Well


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